Sunday, February 14, 2010
Destination: Washington, DC
Number of Days Spent: 2 days
Where we stayed: We stayed with Tracy's friend, Krista, & her boyfriend Eric. Thanks guys for putting us up! We had a great weekend!
Best restaurant: Krista & Eric's neighbors had a chili cook-off. With so many types of chili to sample we have no real recollection of how much we ate. They were all delicious!
Worst of: Brrr...it's winter time! Bundle up to keep the cold out!
Best of: All the great monuments are compact and easy to walk between, no crowds in winter
Useful Tip: Nearly every museum, monument and garden is free making this a somewhat "budget" friendly destination.
Welcome to our Nation's Capital! We both have spent a fair amount of time in this town. Tracy spent a summer here doing an internship for the Senate and Jason used to visit an aunt that lived in Maryland growing up. In fact, we met for the first time in DC in 1995...that's a long time ago! With all the time we have spent here we have seen most of the monuments and museums. Having just the weekend, we decided to just hit a few highlights here and there and spend the majority of our time catching up with Krista and Eric.
After a stop at Five Guys for America's supposed best burger (we think the Cherry Cricket in Denver has it beat), we headed over to the Central Market. The interior part of the market contains several meat shops, a couple of flower counters, as well as a few other more convenience store type stalls that are open all week. On the weekends, the street outside the market fills with artisans and specialty type booths. The whole area has an unexpected yuppie feeling to it with little coffee houses with heated patios and people out walking their 'out to impress' dogs.
After strolling through the market, we walked back towards the Mall to check out the 'must-see's of DC'. The Mall is the general term applied to the grassy area between the Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial. The space includes three major sites - the Lincoln, Washington and the newly created WWII memorial. Flanking the mall are several other major sites including nearly all of the Smithsonian buildings, the White House, the Supreme Court and a host of others.
One such place is the National Botanical Gardens. This was one of the few places that was packed with people, partly because it was inside on a cold day and partly because the place was stunning. Decorated for the holidays, little trains raced around all organic villages. The whole place was decorated with a whimsical feeling like something out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, only with trains and without hobbits.
First stop, the Capitol Building! Congress was in session even on a Sunday hammering out the "final" Health Care bill so no one was allowed to go inside without a gallery permit from their congressperson. There were even snipers on the roof to make sure the peace was being kept.
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